GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Home Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 497
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.07.2009
Status of Investigation into Mumbai Attacks .
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-
(a) the status of the investigation into the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai vis-avis Intelligence and Security in Centre and State;
(b) the steps that have been taken by Government to ensure that slip-ups in institutions, organizations and personnel are identified and there will be no recurrence of such incidents; and
(c) whether Government has finalized a code of conduct/protocol for media coverage in the event of any future attacks?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI AJAY MAKEN)
(a): As per available information, Mumbai Terrorist Attacks case is being tried vide Sessions Case No. 175/2009. The trial in these cases is in progress before the Sessions Court, Mumbai and so far, 107 witnesses have been examined.
(b): The Government has been, on a continuing basis, reviewing the security arrangements in the light of emerging challenges, including terrorism, and a number of important decisions and measures have been taken. These measures include augmenting the strength of Central Para-Military Forces; amendment of the CISF Act to enable deployment of CISF in joint venture or private industrial undertakings; establishment of NSG hubs at Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai; empowerment of DG, NSG to requisition aircraft for movement of NSG personnel in the event of any emergency; strengthening and re-organising of Multi-Agency Centre to enable it to function on 24X7 basis for real time collation and sharing of intelligence with other intelligence and security agencies; and development of online and secure connectivity between Multi-Agency Centre, Subsidiary Multi-Agency Centres and State Special Branches. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 has been amended and notified in 2008 to strengthen the punitive measures to combat terrorism. The National Investigation Agency has been constituted under the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 to investigate and prosecute offences under the Acts in the Schedule.
(c): Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has constituted a Media Consultative Committee for media facilitation, inter alia, to serve as a forum of regular consultations between Government and various professional media bodies, provide a platform for exchange of views on concerns of civil society, and to discuss concerns of media organizations on various regulatory/policy/procedural matters.